Posted: Tuesday, June 17th 2014 at 11:07am
Monday's Supreme Court rulings included cases involving guns, abortion, free speech
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court handed down opinions in three cases Monday, decided to hear arguments in two others and issued orders in still dozens more. The court is winding down it current term.
Among Monday's highlights, the court:
- By a 5-4 vote, and siding with gun control groups and the Obama administration, upheld the conviction of a Virginia man who violated the federal ban on "straw" purchases of guns, even though the actual buyer - the man's uncle, in this case - is legally allowed to own a gun.
- Unanimously allowed an anti-abortion group to pursue its challenge to an Ohio law that bars people from making false statements about political candidates during a campaign.
- In a 7-1 ruling, allowed holders of defaulted Argentine bonds to use U.S. courts to try to discover where Argentina owns property around the world, as part of their effort to enforce court judgments.
- Separately rejected Argentina's appeal of lower court rulings ordering it to pay $1.3 billion to the bond holders.
- Agreed to weigh the free speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other electronic media where the speaker's intent is not always clear.
- Said it would decide a dispute over whether former mortgage brokers can qualify for overtime pay from Quicken Loans.
- Left in place a lower court ruling that said public high school graduations in a church adorned with religious symbols violated the separation of church and state, over a dissent from Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas.
- Declined to revive a defamation lawsuit that former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen filed against several media companies for falsely reporting he had filed for bankruptcy.
- Rejected an appeal from onetime billionaire hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam, who is serving a 11-year prison term for insider trading.
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